LC Official Killed, Police Deploy to Avert Revenge Attacks

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In short
There is heavy deployment in Kacaboi village, Kachumbala Sub County in Bukedea district as police move to restrain people from carrying out revenge attacks over the death of a local council One official. Francis Tumwesigye, the East Kyoga Regional Police Commander says the deployment was to deter revenge attacks over the death of 85-year-old Joseph Echodu.

There is heavy deployment in Kacaboi village, Kachumbala Sub County in Bukedea district as police move to restrain people from carrying out revenge attacks over the death of a local council One official.
 
Francis Tumwesigye, the East Kyoga Regional Police Commander says the deployment was to deter revenge attacks over the death of 85-year-old Joseph Echodu.
 
Yet-to-be identified people attacked Echodu on Saturday night at his home and hacked him to death. Gilbert Okot, the grandson says the local council official was attacked at about 8pm as he walked back to the house from the toilet.
 
Speaking at Kachumbala this morning, RPC Tumwesigye noted that since the deceased was  murdered, East Kyoga Police had to step up the security to deter possible revenge attacks from mourners.
 
Tumwesigye noted that it was against the law for the mourners to grab animals belonging to the relatives of the suspects because the cows had not committed any offence.
 
He says two suspects have been arrested and they  face murder charges. He declined to reveal their identities saying that it was too early and could interfere with investigations.
 
Tumwesigye pointed out that the deceased was killed using sharp objects.
 
He narrated that being a local council one chairperson his grandfather testified as a witness in a land-related court case which could have led to his death.
 
"The losing party was dissatisfied with the judgement and blamed the deceased for testifying in favour of the winners," he added.
 
The deceased will be laid to rest today at his home in Kacaboi village.

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.